Government of Canada announces new timelines for joint support ships

June 30, 2022

The Government of Canada is committed to the National Shipbuilding Strategy and providing members of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Canadian Coast Guard with the equipment they need to ensure their current and future operational effectiveness.

Today, the Government of Canada announced new timelines for the delivery of the RCN's future joint support ships (JSS).

The first JSS, which was previously scheduled for delivery in 2023, is now expected to be delivered in 2025. The second JSS, which was previously scheduled for delivery in 2025, is now expected to be delivered in 2027.

These extended timelines are related to sustained supply chain delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic and further challenges related to a first-of-class delivery.

The Government of Canada is actively monitoring progress and working with Seaspan's Vancouver Shipyard to ensure the delivery of these vessels to support the RCN.

In January 2018, under a contract with Federal Fleet Services, the Motor Vessel Asterix entered into service to provide the RCN with interim capacity while the JSS are being built. The intent is that Motor Vessel Asterix will continue to provide interim capability in advance of the first JSS delivery.

Associated links

National Shipbuilding Strategy

Joint Support Ships

Contacts

Media Relations
Public Services and Procurement Canada
819‑420‑5501
media@pwgsc-tpsgc.gc.ca

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